Raiderettes defeat Lady Bulldogs
A poor first half performance proved to be too much to overcome for the Lady Bulldogs (8-14), as they dropped a 65-47 decision to the Moore County Raiderettes on Thursday night at home.
Moore County (16-10) got things rolling early and built a 35-13 lead in the first half before opening up a 28-point advantage at the end of the first quarter en route to claiming its sixth straight win over CHS.
Aided by an 11-of-16 shooting performance in the first quarter, the Raiderettes shot 52 percent (26-of-50) from the field overall despite hitting only 4-of-17 three-point attempts.
The Lady Bulldogs, conversely, shot only 35 percent (18-of-51) from the floor and hit only 4-of-14 attempts from beyond the arc while committing 28 turnovers.
Press has effect
"We let their press get to us and speed us up. We looked scared and acted like we didn't want to play physical with them," said Cornersville coach Peyton Newton. "They're a good team, but they had a lot of wide open layups because of some of our turnovers."
After scoring 26 points against CHS in its previous meeting on Nov. 21, Moore County forward Kursten Hawkins matched that total on Thursday by pouring in a game high 26 points on 10-of-11 shooting to go along with four steals.
Katie Thomas followed Hawkins with 15 points, while Makayla Ray and Kinsley Logan tallied eight and six points respectively.
Freshman center Morgan Terry was the Lady Bulldogs' biggest bright spot and broke double digits for the third straight game by hitting 8-of-12 shots to finish with a team high 19 points and seven rebounds. Breanne Dunkleman, Carly Salsman, and Brooke Defoe notched five points apiece for Cornersville as well with Dunkleman recording four steals.
Big early deficit
The Raiderettes staggered CHS at the start of the game and raced out to a 13-2 lead midway through the first quarter.
Salsman drilled a three from the right wing to narrow the gap to 13-5, but Moore County quickly counterpunched and reeled off 10 straight points to open up a 23-5 lead late in the first quarter.
Morgan tallied the next six points on an offensive put back and a pair of layups to cut the deficit to 23-11 early in the second quarter before the Raiderettes outscored Cornersville 12-2 over the final 4:16 of the stanza to stretch its lead to 35-13 at halftime.
The Lady Bulldogs tried to get back into the contest in the third quarter and put together a 14-2 run behind 11 points from Terry and a Coble trey to close the gap to 37-27.
Moore County, however, quickly doused Cornersville's comeback hopes by notching the final 18 points of the third period to forge a 55-27 advantage.
CHS then outscored the Raiderettes 21-10 in the fourth quarter with the help of five points from Defoe, four points from Emma Mitchell, and a couple of threes from Dunkleman and Gabby King for the 65-48 final.
Moore County 23 12 20 10 = 65
Cornersville 7 6 14 21 = 48
Moore County: Kursten Hawkins 26, Katie Thomas 15, Makayla Ray 8, Kinsley Logan 6, Taylor LaCook 4, Mika Rainey 3, Grace Cauble 3.
Cornersville: Morgan Terry 19, Breanne Dunkleman 5, Carly Salsman 5, Brooke Defoe 5, Emma Mitchell 4, Hope Taylor 4, Carson Coble 3, Gabby King 3.
Three-point field goals: Moore County (4) Ray 2, Rainey 1, Thomas 1; Cornersville (4) Dunkleman 1, Coble 1, Salsman 1, King 1.
Halftime score: Moore County 35, Cornersville 13